Showing Honor

Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:29-32
Author: Mrs. Sheryl H. Boldt (Florida, USA)
Wednesday 26 June 2019 © The Upper Room.
 “You’re a good man, Bert.”  My husband looked at me in surprise.  After the morning we’d had, he didn’t expect to hear these words — at least not until he’d spent more time in the doghouse.  Even though I wasn’t feeling a lot of love and admiration for my husband at that moment, I knew he loved me; and I didn’t want my unforgiving attitude to damage our relationship.

It was incredible how quickly our day improved once I changed my attitude.  Every time I choose to honour Bert rather than chiding him about something or giving him the silent treatment, I feel better about him, myself, and our marriage.  I’m sure he feels the same way when he responds kindly after I’ve been unkind to him.  From what I’ve heard from others, I know we’re not the only people who could benefit from today’s quoted verse.  I especially love the part, “outdo one another in showing honour.”

Rather than keeping score with our spouse, sibling, co-worker, or friend, we can instead ask God to show us new ways to love and honer those around us — especially on the days when they need affection and respect the most.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to show honour and to affirm those around us today.  Amen.

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